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Delhi tea meet ends

Jaigaon, Sept. 17: The two-day tea industry stakeholders' meeting ended in Delhi today with Union commerce minister Kamal Nath stating he would announce the recommendations at a meeting in Calcutta to be fixed later this year.

Speaking over phone from Delhi, Alipurduar MP Joachim Buxla said the minister had been sympathetic towards the plight of the workers of closed and abandoned tea gardens.

'I objected to the planters' plea to write off provident fund default amounts as this would be a bad move. We are more concerned with the rights of the workers,' said Buxla, who was representing the Dooars Tea Garden Workers' Union at the meeting.


Clash

Cooch Behar: At least 11 people, including the pradhan of Chamta gram panchayat in Sitai block, were injured in a clash between Forward Bloc and CPM supporters on Friday. Four of the critically injured were admitted to Cooch Behar District Hospital.


Lottery

Cooch Behar: Subdivisional officer Shankar Halder on Friday stalled a lottery, reportedly organised by the Congress-run municipality, scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Municipality chairman Biren Kundu, however, said the lottery was being held by the recreation club of the municipality and the civic authorities had nothing to do with it.


Health camp

Jalpaiguri: Owing to severe gastro enteritis outbreaks and relapse of deficiency diseases in Kanthalguri Tea Estate, the district health administration will conduct a medical camp at the garden on Saturday.


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